Teaser – book #2

So, the second book I’m working on is actually book #3 in the Ghost Releasers, Inc. series. It is called Ghostly Perceptions. The main characters are Rafe Elliott, a widower with a small son, Joey, being tormented by the ghosts of his murdered friends. Donna Collins is the main character in this story. She appears earlier in Ghostly Intentions and Ghostly Deceptions as a member of the Ghost Releasers, Inc. team. Her specialty is cameras to film the otherworldly and paranormal.

Chapter 1

Rafe Elliott didn’t believe in ghosts. It didn’t matter how much Joey cried in his room or how much it made his heart break to hear his son sobbing in his room. His hands clenched into fists on his thighs. He pressed to keep his feet firmly on the floor beside his bed. He wasn’t going into that room again tonight. The first time he’d done the open the closet, look under the bed routine. The next three times he’d opened the door and reassured his child the boogyman was not going to get him. The last time he’d yelled from his own bedroom that it was bedtime and he wasn’t going in there again.

His resolve lasted all of five seconds before the boy’s blood-curdling scream rebounded across the house and Rafe leapt off the bed and rushed out the doorway.

The sprint down the hallway seemed to take a lifetime as Joey’s screams ratcheted up another octave. Dogs howls echoed from the neighbor’s yards. Thumping came from his son’s room as if the bed were being moved across the floor.

He grasped the doorknob and hissed in pain at the intense cold of the metal froze his hand to the surface. With a scream of his own, Rafe ripped his hand from the knob, leaving a layer of skin behind.

Turning, he dove against the door with his shoulder. A crack sounded, but the door remained shut. Two more slams of his body and the door ripped open, bouncing off the wall as he stumbled into his son’s room.

Small for his age, Joey was a tiny figure in his bed as the covers whipped away from him and flew to the other side of the room. His hands held onto the headboard as if he would be flung across the room next. His son spotted him in the doorway, as his large blue eyes begged for help.

“Help me.”

The small whisper hit him like a sonic boom, piercing his heart. He was supposed to protect his son from everything, but how did you protect someone from what you couldn’t see or couldn’t understand. Like dealing with Elise’s cancer, he was out of his depth and clueless.

Ghostly Perceptions will be book #3 in the Ghost Releasers, Inc. series.

 

 

 


Jill James, romance writer

Teaser – book #1

I’m working on three books at the same time right now. Book #1 is actually book #2 in the Ghost Releasers, Inc. series, Ghostly Deceptions. The main characters are Andrea Martin-Stovell, the sister of the main character, Megan, in Ghostly Intentions and Luke Tremaine, the friend of the main character, Jack, in Ghostly Intentions.

Here is the snippet of Ghostly Deceptions:

Chapter One

Andrea Martin-Stovall didn’t feel like herself this morning. Hadn’t felt like herself for weeks. An unknown voice rattled around in her head. Something hummed through her veins and crawled over her skin. Her body felt crowded and not her own.

She stared at herself in the bathroom mirror and wondered when she had become a frumpy old hag. Her hair was long and heavy. With a smile, she picked up the scissors and started cutting her hair off in handfuls. Chunk after chunk fell to the countertop and the floor at her feet.

When she placed the scissors on the vanity top two feet of glossy dark hair lay in piles and her airy-light strands swung at chin length. For the first time since she’d been a child, straight bangs sat on her forehead above dark brows.

Her eyes twinkled as she gazed into the mirror. “There you are Andi,” she whispered as she slicked on bright red lipstick across her lips.

She slid on the red silk dress she’d found buried in the back of her closet. The fabric clung to every curve like it had been sewn on her. No panty lines. She laughed. No panties.

Sitting on a bench at the foot of her bed, she placed red high-heeled shoes on her feet and stood. Her full-length mirror showed a woman ready to party. Perfect.

Andrea grabbed a small clutch purse off the dresser, knocking a framed picture to the floor. Sparing it a glance, she wondered who the two little girls were in the photo behind the shattered glass.

Megan, my sister. A voice whimpered from the depths of her mind.

She shook her head and ignored it. Andi controlled this body. Andrea had her chance. Now it was time for Andi to live.

Again.

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I’m enjoying writing Andrea. She is a control freak. Everything has to be perfect, in place, the right way. When she is possessed by a ghost from the age of jazz her entire life goes off the rails. Only the people of Ghost Releasers, Inc. can help her before Andi takes over and Andrea is no more.

Ghostly Intentions is the start of Ghost Releasers, Inc.


Jill James, romance writer

Work In Progress

Finally back to writing after the holidays. I’m working on books 2 and 3 of the Ghost Releasers, Inc. series. Book 1 is Ghostly Intentions. Book 2 will be Ghostly Deceptions. Book 3 will be Ghostly Perceptions. Book 2 has Andrea, Megan’s sister from book 1 and Luke, Jack’s business partner from book 1. Book 3 has Donna, who works with Jack and Luke and a new guy, Rafe and his son Joey.

 

Book 2 is Andrea and Luke’s story. Ghostly Deceptions is a ghost possession story. After her sister’s torment with a ghostly entity, Andrea is more unwilling than before to believe in ghosts and such until she starts having hours and days of time she can’t remember. Times when someone or something else is in charge of her body and her mind. Unwilling to turn to her sister and the head of Ghost Releasers, Inc. she is on her own until Luke realizes something isn’t right with Andrea.

Book 3 is Donna and Rafe’s story. Ghostly Perceptions is about a little boy, a poltergeist, and a father unwilling to accept his son’s stories of ghostly happenings. When he is confronted with the unimaginable he will turn to his neighbor Donna who works with the team at Ghost Releasers, Inc.

Working on getting both books out before the middle of the year. Fingers crossed for maybe April and May. We shall see.


Jill James, romance writer

Nice surprise this morning.

I used the promo in Kindle Select to make my book free for a couple of days to get it into some readers’ hands. This is what I saw this morning;

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,365 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Very excited! Love to see my books up in the ranks, even if it is the free ones! Get it for free while you can. It will be free Thursday, Friday, and Saturday!!

Enjoy ghost hunting with Jack and Megan!


Jill James, romance writer

Do you believe in ghosts?

I do. The husband is a skeptic, but I’ve seen them and I’ve heard them. In our old house I would get the dark forms in corners and random door shutting sounds. It had an overall feeling to the house.

I’ve been sound asleep and family members who have passed on have visited me for one last time. It is a comforting feeling. A last good-bye. I wanted to use that feeling in my newest book, Ghostly Intentions.

When Jack O’Malley’s big sister dies, she visits him that night.


Shannon came to him that night. Not a dream, but a ghostly visit. Shivers still spiked down his spine when he remembered that event. His first paranormal experience. Falling asleep at almost dawn, Jack heard his mother’s soft cries in the room beside his. His father’s muddled murmurings to his mother added to his sense of unreality. In the predawn hours, their house was usually silent except for the creaks and groans of a settling home or the click of Mutt’s nails as the dog surveyed their house in the nocturne hours.

Something touched his arm. A chill covered the skin and goosebumps popped in the frigid air. He opened his eyes and his sister was there. Her light rose scent filled the room. Their mother had started letting Shannon wear cologne to be a big girl. His sister moved closer. She reached down and touched his arm again. Shivers shot down his spine. The bed jostled as she sat on the edge, his body rolling toward her. He should have been afraid, but he would never fear his big sister.

“Jack, it’s your job to watch over mom and dad now. I’ll always be keeping an eye on all of you, but I’ll be too far away. I wish I didn’t have to go, but I do.”

He touched her hand. Her skin was soft and real, although as cold as ice. Tears rolled down his cheeks. Shannon ran a hand over his head and ruffled his buzz-cut hair as she always did. The rose scent grew denser in the room, clogging his nostrils, and making him light-headed. Her wispy image fluttered in his teary gaze.

“Jack, you have to let me go. I can’t go unless you release me.”

He closed his eyes, pulling back his hand. “I will always love you, Shannon. You can go now.”

When he opened his eyes, she was gone, along with her floral scent he would recognize until the day he died. He cried as he hugged his pillow and whispered good-bye to his big sister.

What had he done? He wanted her back. He wasn’t ready to let her go.


You can check out Jack O’Malley, his Ghost Releasers team, and Megan-the haunted widow in Ghostly Intentions, Book 1 of the Ghost Releasers, Inc. series. It is available on Amazon at the special release price of 99¢ or read it for FREE on Kindle Unlimited.


Jill James, romance author and believer of ghosts

New Release – Ghostly Intentions

Didn’t get picked for Kindle Scout 😦 Decided to release book on my own. 🙂

Ghostly Intentions Book 1, Ghost Releasers, Inc. is available on Amazon and for FREE on Kindle Unlimited!

Check it out on Amazon for Megan and Jack’s story.

Books 2 and 3 coming soon!!

Ghostly Deceptions and Ghostly Perceptions


Jill James, romance author and ghost believer!

Time is Running Out – Please nominate now!

Just letting everyone know that Ghostly Intentions is still in Kindle Scout with just two weeks left to get nominations. If you nominate me and it gets picked for publication — you get a free book!!

Super Easy! Just go HERE and nominate my paranormal romance Ghostly Intentions! It is super hot and sexy. Think ghost hunting with sex and romance. A touch of dark evil and true love!!


Thanks!! Jill James, romance author

First Sentences

A few years ago my friend, Karin Tabke, author of The Chronicles of Katrina*, had a First Sentences contest on her website. You put a first sentence. If you made the cut, the next week you put up a second sentence with the first, and so on, until a winner was picked. It really showcased the need for a compelling first sentence and to make every sentence count. Especially when I was trying to get an agent or editor and you heard they would read 2-3 paragraphs and they knew whether they wanted a manuscript or not. You have to hook them and keep them hooked.

I’m working on a book right now that I’m hoping to submit to Kindle Scout, a program within Amazon. Things sometimes change in revising and editing but this is my first sentence right now. Ghostly Intentions is a paranormal romance with Megan, a haunted widow and Jack, the man in charge of Ghost Releasers, Inc.

Megan Trent jerked out of a deep sleep to the cacophony of her clock radio turning on and off in a rapid beat of white noise and eerie silence.

Submit your first sentences in the comments and a link to your book if it is published, or to your website if not.

Let’s see those first sentences!!


Jill James, romance author

*The Chronicles of Katrina and all of Karin Tabke’s books are uber-hot and sexy, with strong women and the bad boys they love.

Romance Pages Read Kickoff

I’ve joined with over 45 other romance authors to promote our Kindle Unlimited books for the month of January!! Start clicking and reading today!!

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Just click on the pic and start getting FREE books from Kindle Unlimited at Amazon. If you don’t have KU you can sign up for your FREE month at the promo landing page.

Enjoy filling up that new Kindle!!


Jill James, romance writer

May Newsletter coming!

ATimetoKillZombies 500x750A Time to Kill Zombies is on preorder, so no Look Inside! at vendors. 😦 So I included chapter 1 in last month’s newsletter. This month’s will include chapter 2 and is coming out soon so sign up to get the advance preview. Next month (June) is release month and will have chapter 3 in the newsletter. Enjoy!

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Release Day is June 27th!!

Jill James, romance author

4 days and counting!

That is how long to my newest release! Book 2 in the Time of Zombies series.

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The Zombie Hunter’s Wife – Michelle and Teddy’s story

Click HERE to go to the Books page to get an excerpt and the links to vendors.

I’m working on Rogue Vantage – a Time of Zombies short story that will only be available to newsletter subscribers. Click HERE to get the Jill James News for new releases and FREE books!!


Walk with the dead, Jill James

Candy Cane Kisses and Enchanted Embraces – Eileen Rendahl

 candy cane kisses~*~Author Spotlight – Eileen Rendahl, National Bestselling Author and two-time RITA Award Nominee~*~

I’m going to be spotlighting my fellow authors of the #KissesEmbraces boxed set on my regular blog posting days. First up is Eileen Rendahl.

Her story in the set is Dreidels and Demons (paranormal romance)

All Melina wants is a normal wedding with the normal kinds of problems that normal brides have like drunk uncles and wilted flower arrangements. Such is not the life of a Messenger for the supernatural beings of Sacramento, however. Something is after her and it’s not just her mother with another cake sample for her to taste.

Check out all 10 stories in the festive, holiday set:

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The Zombie Book

LoveintheTimeofZombies 200x300Okay, I know many of you think this book will never be done. And I’m right there with you. But (fingers crossed) I am working on it again. The wedding boxed set is up and selling well, so back to the zombies. LOL I’m hoping to finish at the end of July and to put it on pre-order via Smashwords for August so it can be released September 2nd. That is the plan so far!!

So here is a  little excerpt for my friends who are waiting oh-so-patiently–I love you all.

Love in the Time of Zombies excerpt (unedited)

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Brentwood, and the surrounding small towns, was a farmer’s market dream. Orchards for miles and farms galore. With the population down to one or two thousand, there was plenty for everyone.

Food wasn’t a problem. Harvesting and transporting it was. It’s hard to pick a row of corn if you’re afraid the man-eating walkers are in the next row over. I’d never been the growing type. If it needed care and tending, I would probably kill it. Fortunately, I was an excellent shooter. Who knew? I’d never shot a gun in my life. Why would I? San Francisco was the land of anti-gun belief. Maybe if we’d had more gun-toting citizens we might have held the city.

When we got here, they put us through a bunch of tests; agility, strength, skills, and shooting. I’d scored a hundred at all distances. No picking apples for this girl, I was made a member of the undead hunting patrol.

Breakfast out of the way; I cleaned up my section of the roof. Gathering up my dirty clothes, and believe me, you haven’t seen dirty until you try to get zombie guts out of your shirt, I took them to my friend, Michelle, who had laundry duty this month. Michelle Greggs had been on the wild ride with me out of San Francisco. We’d clung to each other all night as the horde of undead tried to get to the fresh meat inside the fortified school bus. We’d been friends ever since. Shit like that is a real bonding moment.

She stopped me with an upraised hand, and then grabbed a pair of surgical gloves before taking my clothes. We’d all told her countless times that she couldn’t get the mutated virus from simple contact; we pretty much all ready had the virus, but she continued to use the gloves. We all have our idiosyncrasies since this all started and we let her have hers.

She curtseyed. “And would madam like these pressed and folded as well?

I played along. “Yes and any spots left will come out of your pay.” I put up my chin and looked down my nose at her.

Michelle laughed. A sound I would play any silly game to get out of her, even if it was a mockery of my pre Z life. Unlike me, she’d loved her husband and had to kill him when he turned. She’d told me about it on the bus with the caveat that she would never mention it again.

“Now, go kill those skinbags,” she ordered.

“Yes, ma’am,” I replied, giving her a snappy salute. We all had our names for the zombies we had to kill. Some used other names to make it easier. Parents in our group used funny names to make it less scary for the children. Way back when, there had been a late-night local show; Creature Features, and the parents had taken to calling the zombies Black Lagooners. But for the life of me, I couldn’t see how anything made what we were going through less scary. Maybe kids had a defense mechanism I was missing. I was scared shitless most days.

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Love in the Time of Zombies – September 2014

Jill James, contemporary and paranormal romance

Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale

My only paranormal romance is on sale at Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale.

DangerousShift FB coverDangerous Shift is 75% off for the month of July. Summer here in Northern California and Winter on the other side of the world. 🙂

Go to: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/210352 and use the promo code SSW75 to get 75% off my normally $4.99 paranormal romance novel.

HE IS MR. BY-THE-BOOK, WITH A SECRET…
Shapeshifters live among us. Lt. Sean Evans is one of them, a member of the Shapeshifter Task Force in San Laura, California. Only the highest echelons of law enforcement, the military, science, and medical fields know they exist—until now, when a fatal virus is killing his kind, and Sean will take all the help he can get.

SHE IS A LOOSE CANNON WITH AN ATTITUDE PROBLEM…
With Shapeshifters dying across the country, reinforcements are called in from around the United States. Lt. Nikki Hill of Missouri is partnered up with Lt. Evans. They quickly butt heads over everything, from proper police procedures to personal beliefs. But one thing is clear; they both want to stop the virus from claiming another shifter.

TOGETHER, THEY JUST MIGHT CATCH A KILLER.
Just as they realize the virus is the work of a serial killer, members of their own families are stricken. With the disease’s deadly circle widening to encompass friends, family, and even themselves, they turn to each other for love and support. Can they survive long enough to stop an Extinction Level Event for Shapeshifters?

*Finalist – 2013 Heart of Excellence Readers’ Choice Award

Hot Paranormal Nights Blog Hop July 25th-July 30th

So thrilled to be a part of this blog hop. Make sure you visit all the great authors on the hop.  Jill

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It all started with the tree frogs — Jill James

The idea for Dangerous Shift came like the proverbial light bulb moment while I was watching Jurassic Park for the umpteenth time with the kids. It is one of our favorite movies. In the movie Dr. Grant (Sam O’Neill) is explaining to the kids how the dinosaurs reproduced while all being female. The scientists in the story retrieved dinosaur DNA from insects trapped in amber. But the DNA had missing strands. So the strands were added from Amazon tree frogs. Dr. Grant explains that some tree frogs can change genders if the need of the group requires more of one gender or the other. In that way, the dinosaurs, seeing a need, also changed to have some males for reproduction requirements.

So, I’m sitting there and I’m thinking, “Wow, too bad humans can’t do that.” Wait, I’m a writer. They can if I say they can. LOL So a germ of an idea was born. Have shifters with the ability, not to shift to animalistic traits, but gender-blending traits. What if you could have a yin to your yang of personality traits? What if a man didn’t need a feminine side to understand women, what if he could take on that form, and be a woman? What if in a time of danger a woman could transform to have the upper body strength of a man?

In my story, Dangerous Shift, the characters have two names; one for their female form and one for their male form. So Lt. Nikki Hill is also Nick Hill. Lt. Sean Evans is also Shauna Evans. Writing a story where Nikki and Sean, Nick and Shauna got a happily ever after was some of the most fun I’ve ever had writing.

DangerousShift 200x300To enter to win one autographed trade-paperback copy of Dangerous Shift comment below with your name, email address, and favorite paranormal creature. Comments without an email address and the name of a paranormal creature will be eliminated from the drawing A winner will be chosen randomly at the end of the blog hop.

Blog Hop using the link below to the other author’s blogs to check our their great books and prizes.